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The Pacific Ocean Climate Crisis Assessment (POCCA) Research Project aims to develop a holistic understanding of the climate crisis and its impacts on the Pacific Islands region. Traditional climate change adaptation methods in the South Pacific have involved building on the body of knowledge gathered to further climate adaptation into national policies, strategies, and programs related to agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Development partners at national, regional, and international levels are encouraged to join forces in this search for practical solutions supporting the well-being of islanders. While the Pacific Islands are often described as highly vulnerable to climate change and lacking adaptation options, such descriptions disregard how Pacific Islanders are leading climate action and combining their systems of knowledge with Western science to implement locally relevant climate solutions

Fiji Islands​

The Fiji Islands field visits consist of 3 locations. They were Vanua Levu, Gau Island and the province of Ra. The team was able to witness villages relocated from their original sites due to climate change and learn how villagers had to adapt to new weather cycles and how to preserve for a better future.

Tuvalu

The Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment (POCCA) project team conducted a consultations field trip to Tuvalu from April 11-18, 2023, as part of its ongoing work. The team’s visit to Tuvalu aimed to undertake community consultation activities to assess the impact of climate change and the ocean crisis on the island nation. The team also consulted on traditional knowledge and practices related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The visit to Tuvalu was part of the POCCA project’s broader efforts to understand better the challenges they face and support their efforts to build resilience to climate change and the ocean crisis.

Kiribati

The Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment (POCCA) team embarked on a field trip to Kiribati to study the effects of climate change on the island nation. The traditional knowledge of I-Kiribati and the Pacific can work to preserve their culture, encourage their continued resilience, and ensure a strategic approach that is community-driven and culturally led. The POCCA team’s field trip to Kiribati highlights the significance of incorporating traditional knowledge in addressing the climate crisis and developing sustainable solutions for the Pacific region.

Nauru

The Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment (POCCA) project team visited Nauru from the 6th-13th May 2023 to capture stories from Pacific communities on utilizing their indigenous systems to help them adapt to climate change. Nauru has been progressing in climate adaptation and mitigation by constructing a climate-resilient port and solar initiatives3. The country is vulnerable to extreme climate events and is committed to integrating its existing climate-related policies into an overarching climate policy.

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